Addiction to food: Adaptation and study of the validity of the Yale Food Addiction Scale Questionnaire to a greek population

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Κατεύθυνση Αντιμετώπιση Εξαρτήσεων-Εξαρτησιολογία
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Xyrafi Eleni
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Φραγκίσκος Γονιδάκης, Επίκουρος Καθηγητής, Ιατρική Σχολή, ΕΚΠΑ, Επιβλέπων
Ηλίας Τζαβέλλας, Επίκουρος Καθηγητής, Ιατρική Σχολή, ΕΚΠΑ
Δημήτρης Αναγνωστόπουλος, Καθηγητής, Ιατρική Σχολή, ΕΚΠΑ
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Εθισμός στην τροφή: Προσαρμογή και μελέτη της εγκυρότητας του ερωτηματολογίου Yale Food Addiction Scale σε ελληνικό πληθυσμό
Translated title:
Addiction to food: Adaptation and study of the validity of the Yale Food Addiction Scale Questionnaire to a greek population
The fact that obesity rates are rising increasingly in our country makes it necessary to
investigate the phenomenon of dependence on food. Our primary goal is to weigh the
Yale Food Addiction Scale (YFAS), so we can use it as a guide to food addiction
among the Greek population.
There is a remarkable percentage of 22,2 % diagnosed with food addiction in obese
followers aged 18-65 years, and in this case mainly in the Annex of the Dietetic Clinic
of the Athens People's Hospital (N: 158) and in the External Clinic of the General
Hospital of Attica " KAT "(N = 22).
The results of the survey revealed that the specific clinical population (N = 180)
showed a significant proportion of food dependence regardless of gender (53 males
and 127 females).There is no difference between gender and age in all YFAS areas in
the Greek version.
At the same time, exploratory factor analysis (EFA) revealed a slightly different
structure of the questionnaire in the Greek population, where 7 factors emerged versus
8 of the original foreign version.
However, most agents reached a value within limits with a Cronbach's alpha greater
than 0.70, a value indicating good internal consistency.
The correlation of the Greek rating of the Greek YFAS with that of the original YFAS
is a moderately statistically significant one with both EAT-26 and BMI. This
reinforces the convergent validity of Greek YFAS, so that it can be used in surveys
which assess food addiction.
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Health Sciences
Food addiction, Obesity, Food addiction scale
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